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Norwich Winsor Bishop jewellers scooter raiders jailed

(Clockwise from top left) Alfredo Rojasvargas, Bradley McMillan, Tommy McKenzie, Dillon Zambon, Mark Moloney and Curtis Bradbury Image copyright Norfolk Police
Image caption (Clockwise from top left) Alfredo Rojasvargas, Bradley McMillan, Tommy McKenzie, Dillon Zambon, Mark Moloney and Curtis Bradbury were jailed for the Norwich raid

A gang who stole watches worth more than £30,000 in a raid on a jewellers before making off on scooters have been jailed.

Footage filmed by dozens of passers-by and on CCTV showed men in crash helmets smashing their way into Winsor Bishop in Norwich on 5 August.

Police soon made arrests by following a van along the A11 to near Thetford.

Five men and a 17-year-old, all from London, had previously admitted robbery at Norwich Crown Court.

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Media captionA police helicopter followed the raiders' van from Norwich towards Thetford

Alfredo Rojasvargas, 24, and Bradley McMillan, 22, both of Islington, were sentenced to six years in prison.

Tommy McKenzie, 25, and Curtis Bradbury, both of Hillingdon, were each given six years in prison.

Mark Moloney, 18, also of Islington, was given five years in a young offenders institution.

Dillon Zambon, 17, of Islington, was given three years in a young offenders institution.

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Image caption The men smashed the glass at Winsor Bishop as a member of staff tried to lower a shutter and hold back the door
Image copyright CCTV Winsor Bishop
Image caption Three of the men grabbed watches while the others waited outside the shop

The men used a sledgehammer, pick axe handle and an axe to smash their way into the shop in London Street.

Three of the men grabbed five Rolex and Cartier watches from the shop while their accomplices revved scooters outside.

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Image caption The men were filmed going back and forth from the shop to the scooters
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Image caption The raiders were armed with picks, axes and sledge hammers, police said

The men travelled to Norwich in a silver transit van on the morning of 5 August, parking it on land between Aylsham Road and Drayton Road, Norfolk Police said.

Forty 999 calls

They then rode into the city centre on three scooters, with one driver and one passenger on each.

At about 10:50 BST they pulled up outside the jewellers where the pillion passengers began attacking the glazed door with weapons, forcing their way in.

Two of the riders held up the security shutter which had been activated, allowing the three men to get inside.

They made their getaway on the scooters.

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Image caption A helicopter tracked the men to a wooded area near Thetford

Police said information from more than 40 999 calls from the public helped them track the offenders.

A police helicopter located them in woodland near Thetford where they were caught. All six had been arrested within an hour of the raid.

Their jail sentences "reflected the seriousness of the offence", Det Con Katie Barnard said.

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